nenya_kanadka: The Middleman makes exclamatory jazz-hands (@ !!!!)
An email from one of the cat adoption agencies, in answer to Mucca's & my application for a kitty:

Marge may be a good fit. She loves to be outside but her bio says we were looking for an indoor home because she likes to break into local businesses and set off alarms.


Mucca: "If we end up with that cat, we obviously need to rename her 'Selina.'"
Me: "A literal cat burglar?"


In other news, I'm 5k into a treat for Nonconathon (socked to heck and back, for a recip likewise disguised) and I have like eight more scenes planned that almost certainly won't be written by Saturday. Maybe I can post the short version and work on a longer one later...? It WANTS to be written and I'm having way too much fun. But TIIIME. (Yes I should have started this sooner but inspiration only lately struck.)

In other other news, I just broke up with the girlfriend I never actually got around to making a post about on Dreamwidth despite dating for ten months. >.< This...may be a symbol of the sort of reasons why we broke up. Or something. I suppose there are more cheerful ways to announce that I'm poly (crazy about Mucca, and into other ladies sometimes, god only knows about dudes but I'm kinda off nonfictional dudes at the moment, so), but here we go.

Also I still need to make that labyrinth orrery post I keep promising. Maybe once I'm done the smut?

Oh, I guess I need a cat tag now, huh. :D
nenya_kanadka: Captain America shield with text "Son, just don't" (MCU Capt America son just don't)
Trying to figure out what order the stories were written for the MCU Rolling Remix 2017 story set--which I'm finding harder than last time, even though there's fewer stories.

I know there's two streams, and I've figured out what I think are the first two stories in each stream. Then there's three stories about Wanda (but I am not sure what sparked the first of them) and two stories about Steve, Tony, Natasha, and a robot, and then one story (that might be related to that one somehow?) set in Wakanda after Civil War (the others seem to all be based on Age of Ultron though).

HMMMM.

Current theories:

Stream One:
Fractures and Echoes
Between Past and Present Tense
Captain America Was Here [carries over the Steve vs Tony, Avengers team theme]
Worlds Apart (Coming Together)
Until We Hit the Ground (The Exit Sandman Remix) [IDK where this one goes remix/plot-wise, but this is the last slot left, and it has a later story number than the others]

Stream Two:
Fractures and Echoes
Paper Wings
Gaze Upon the Glass (a war poem remix) [carries over the grief/hospitals/bedside theme but changes it from Steve & Peggy to Wanda & Pietro?]
Bedside Vigil (The Cups of Comfort Remix)
Rebuilding, Restoring (The Found Family Remix)

Alternately, maybe Captain America Was Here is a remix of Paper Wings, and Gaze Upon the Glass picks up the "Steve's past" theme from Between Past and Present Tense (Steve calling Tony Howard --> Steve remembering other stuff from the 40s).

Anybody else have thoughts?

Story-wise Until We Hit The Ground was really good (or maybe just very angsty, it's one of those days where I can't tell), and the ones with Steve and Tony arguing over how to run the Avengers team (via smashing Tony's robot) were a lot of fun. I'm glad Wanda got so many stories, even though I can't quite follow the thread that got from what I think are the earlier stories to that. Overall it seems like more contemplative, even sad, stories this time out, but with a strong team-looks-out-for-each-other vibe, which I like.
nenya_kanadka: commas & apostrophes in sex positions (@ comma sutra)
Or, things people often get wrong when writing people like Nenya. ;-)

1) Red hair: Your red-haired character does NOT need to have ginger parents!

Red hair is a recessive trait... )

But on television, soooooooo many families are wall-to-wall redheads if there's a ginger in the mix at all. This is pretty uncommon in real life! It throws me out of so many stories. It's much more likely for a couple of redheads to pop up in the middle of some browns and blondes.

So, Blossom family on Riverdale, I'm looking at you. (Though in that specific case, I have to laugh, because they're practically lampshading it at this point. Not only are a pair of fraternal twins and both parents redheads (the dad at least is less fire-engine red), about half the members of their board of directors are also redheads! It's a purely symbolic casting/hair dye choice by now--which, fair enough.)



2) Deaf people & lip reading: Your deaf character WILL NOT be able to understand people 24/7 based ONLY on lip reading.

They just won't.

Lip-reading (aka speachreading) is the skill of understanding speech from watching the movements of a speaker's mouth and face while they're talking. It is an extremely important part of the adaptive skillset of most deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Especially in combination with a clear voice, it adds tremendously to the amount of information a person can understand.

However! Only about a third of English language is visible on the lips at all. Did you say 'shoes', 'chews', or 'Jews'? )

A quick reference here has some of these thoughts in bullet-point form--might make a good bookmark or info sheet.

It's a good thing if you have your deaf character's friends and family face them when they speak! That's excellent. (Please do that in real life too!) But it can't be the only thing. And it's simply not plausible that they won't have developed other adaptive behaviours to understand the world around them.
nenya_kanadka: Reality has a homoerotic bias (@ homoerotic bias)
So after writing 1900 words defending the het ship in a movie from 1945, it's now my third very non-het anniversary. :D

Happy birthday, my love. You've been my wife for three years and my sweetheart for seven, and they have been the best years of my life. I love you, and I hope you like the cake.

(It's three layers, two chocolate and one white, and will have buttercream frosting + strawberries between layers, and chocolate + strawberries on top. If it turns out anything like last year's, it will be delicious and amazing. We'll probably make it last until Mucca's first 34th birthday on Saturday, too.)

nenya_kanadka: rubber stamp text: "complete and utter bullshit" (@ bullshit)
Rewatched Spellbound last night. I really think it's going to become one of those movies that goes in the queue to be watched again every year or two. Peck is so pretty and Bergman is so determined!

It's really her movie, too, in the sense that she's the main protagonist and it's all told from her point of view. And pretty much from the moment she opens her mouth in the first scene where her male coworker is trying to get her to soften up to his romantic advances and she's like "Lol, no," I just really like Dr. Constance Peterson. (He tells her she's too cold and cerebral, and she asks if he's buttering her up; he says her "lack of emotion" is "fatal for her as a woman" and a doctor, and she says yes, yes, she's heard that from any number of amorous psychiatrists who toootally want to make her a better doctor. :D)

And she's the one who takes action to find out what's wrong with Ballantyne and try to get him some psychological help before the police lock him in the slammer. She's the one trying to figure out WTF is going on (while Gregory Peck is intermittently collapsing, staring off into space, being grouchy as fuck, or looking attractively dishevelled). And she doesn't give up. Not just because Peck is hot (though she certainly thinks so) but because she believes in his innocence and she isn't satisfied with the explanations she's getting. And then they get a happy ending, entirely due to her efforts, and Peck swoons a little less but still canonically "madly adores" her and thinks she's "brilliant."

So, I like her. She's cool. Bergman is hot. She gets the hot woobie. Very nice.

But then of course I run across someone being Wrong On The Internet about her. Okay, maybe Wrong In A Book? I was googling around to see if anyone had any opinions on Peck's more slashy roles, and came across some essay in a book on Google Books1. Some kind of "queering the text" analysis of Hitchcock movies. And oh boy, are they wrong!

cut for Spellbound spoilers )


It all starts to remind me of fans who decide that a female character has gotten in the way of their slash ship, so she must be a huge raging bitch (and that plant in the corner proves their faves are doing it). Or people who see an advertisement that features a beautiful, sexualized, perhaps vulnerable man, and go, "Oh wow! That's really homoerotic!" without stopping to think that, wait, straight and bi women just might have some interest in male beauty. Halfway through reading this thing, I said to myself, "Good lord. Some people just REALLY can't handle women being in charge." Women can't be assertive or take the lead role, especially not in a het relationship! No, there has to be some other explanation. He's gay. She's an alien agent of patriarchy. (I never did figure out why that was supposedly the case here.) Something. Anything, to prove a woman can't be the knight in shining armor.

I'm queer. I'm also a woman who really appreciates active female protagonists. I also enjoy a good dose of beautiful man occasionally, and if he's a little vulnerable along with his gorgeous broad shoulders and deep brown eyes and delicious ruffle-able hair, all the better. (I might, too, have a carefully-nursed pet peeve about how alpha male heroes are so much more common than dominant women and their pretty boy-toys in het romance.) I'm a m-slasher and a fem-slasher as long as the day is long. But it really gets my goat when people take a female hero I love and pretend all the awesome things about her don't exist.

Dr. Constance Peterson: brilliant, determined, gets the hot boy. And badly-conceived meta can go fuck off.


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(1) I've lost the link now, but I think it was for something called "Intimate Violence." I'm not opposed to queer theory generally, but just as I sometimes disagree with queer fandom meta, I had huge issues with this particular iteration of queer theory. It really felt like they were trying to force the facts to fit the thesis ("someone in this movie is queer and being oppressed by a straight woman, I just know it!") rather than the reverse.

(2) Even the 18-year-old son of Mucca's assistant lightkeeper feels that Guns of Navarone is pretty damn gay.
nenya_kanadka: Bag End, looking out the front door (LOTR Bag End)
I found this in my quote file this week. It's something that helped patch my heart back together at a time when I thought I was awful and everything would be horrible forever.

(I think Francie Chisholm should have read it, too.)


You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to hold hands with the Beautiful One.

You have waltzed with great style,
My sweet, crushed angel,
To have ever neared God's Heart at all.

Our Partner is notoriously difficult to follow,
And even His best musicians are not always easy
To hear.

So what if the music has stopped for a while.

So what
If the price of admission to the Divine
Is out of reach tonight.

So what, my dear,
If you do not have the ante to gamble for Real Love.

The mind and body are famous
For holding the heart ransom,
But Hafiz knows the Beloved's eternal habits.

Have patience,
For He will not be able to resist your longing
For long.

You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to kiss the Beautiful One.

You have actually waltzed with tremendous style,
O my sweet,
Oh my sweet, crushed angel.


-- Hafiz of Shiraz
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (@ Gregory Peck ice cream)
These have been fun so far on other people's journals. :D

Comment with one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you:

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is most like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn't
my ship that never sailed
nenya_kanadka: Sarah Jane Smith with Tenth Doctor & TARDIS (DW Sarah Jane School Reunion)
Mucca woke me up with this this morning. (The last time she did that was with astoundingly hot clips of Gregory Peck. I appreciate her attention to quality material.)

I loved it. I love Bill! I love what the Doctor's doing with himself at the start of this episode. Nardole's still a sweetie. And Bill is seriously the best. Did I say that already? I love how she logics things through carefully instead of leaping to conclusions she wouldn't have data for. I love the whole thing with the girl. (Bill's going to fall adorably in love with like three separate space princesses this season, right? Make it happen, Moff.) And the pictures, awww my heart. ❤❤❤

Anyway. This one definitely fit my criteria of "silly adventures with heart" for a good Dr Who outing. Moar plz.

(And Missy returns sometime soon! Yesss.)

(Comments may contain spoilers, though if you haven't seen it, I'll try not to spoil it myself in my replies.)
nenya_kanadka: quality content: Gregory Peck with his shirt off (@ Gregory Peck shirtless)
I, er, maybe got a little carried away.



30 black & white icons from Gregory Peck's early career )

Also a thingy that I suppose one could use as a friends-only banner or one of those NaNoWriMo "You should be writing" inspirational graphics. (Once one had stopped wibbling in the corner, of course.)



:D
nenya_kanadka: Phryne Fisher in red (Miss Fisher Phryne)
First of all, Happy First Contact Day! Only forty-six more years until the Vulcans land in Montana! :D

Today would also have been Gregory Peck's 101st birthday. In honour of which, please have some screenshots of him as a young, ridiculously pretty priest, kneeling down and kissing his mentor's hand.

Gregory Peck, 1944

Gregory Peck, 1944

moar pics (2), The Keys To The Kingdom, 1944 )

All from The Keys To The Kingdom, 1944. The one where he's looking up all puppy-dog-eyed like, "Please approve of me!" (which is pretty much the context) is doing things to me. (Peck in a 1987 interview: "I hadn’t learned how to relax and how to concentrate. All I had was sincerity." HELP)

File under: Oh, The Things I Would Do To That Man, subcategory: Please, Santa, I'll Be So Good.

And, you know, it's not that I find either the Pope or John Gielgud attractive in any way, but Peck does it again in The Scarlet & The Black (1983) (also one of my favourite movies ever):

Gregory Peck, 1983

moar pics (2), The Scarlet And The Black, 1983 )

The hair-petting, argh! The fact that this scene is a small moment of personal approval from someone the character respects, after a whole movie of incredible, inconspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice!

File under: I Don't Have A Fealty/Praise Kink, YOU DO


(According to Wikipedia, in real life Gregory Peck was also outspoken against the House Un-American Activities Committee and was a faithful Catholic who disagreed with the church about contraception and abortion. While having excellent taste in women and an almost 50-year-long marriage. I'm fond.)
nenya_kanadka: Reality has a homoerotic bias (@ homoerotic bias)
Mucca's on a Gregory Peck kick this week (one of which I fully approve), and has been showing me the woobie cut of various films. Today's was the slashy cut of The Guns of Navarone (1961).

Two points:

a) James Darren was Tiny Greek Private, omg. He was about twelve. Ahaha omg. <3 (I realize he was trying to get Serious Acting jobs at the time, instead of Teen Heartthrob ones, but since I first became aware of him as Vic Fontaine, my expectations were...not Tiny Earnest Murderstabby Kid. LOL.)

b) It was HELLA slashy. I mean, like. Starts out with two major m/m ships, and by the end of it Gregory Peck has reconciled with his estranged boyfriend from the original ship, and had chemistry with both members of the other ship (one of whom is David Niven: they shout at each other a lot, it's great).

There are lines like, "How long have you two been together?" and (woman, after asking Gregory Peck's Cretan boyfriend his salient details, then turning to Peck) "You're a lucky man." ("I know.") The canon het is very understated and not at all annoying, but it's really awfully slashy.

Oh, and c) Peck has a deeper voice than I remembered, and is almost as good at shouting at people as Paul McGann as William Bush is. :D

Hopefully get to watch The Scarlet & The Black later in the week. I remember really liking that one. (Yelling at Christopher Plummer in the Colloseum at night! Yess.)
nenya_kanadka: Intarwebz = serius bizness (@ Intarwebz srs bsns)
Goddammit, earwormed by failmeme again:

(to the tune of Turkey In The Straw or perhaps Battle Hymn of the Republic; and in response to the Serious Question posed in the first line)

Do you ever trap your nipple in the fold-out bit?
Do you play in nippy weather and then agonize your tit?
Do you briskly pump your bellows in the midst of all your fellows
Just to find you've trapped your nipple in the fold-out bit?


I think it's the "briskly" that does me in every time. 😂